Hampshire Mall

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Hampshire Mall
Inside the Hampshire Mall.JPG
The interior of Hampshire Mall
Location Hadley, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′23″N 72°32′52″W / 42.35639°N 72.54778°W / 42.35639; -72.54778 (Hampshire Mall)Coordinates: 42°21′23″N 72°32′52″W / 42.35639°N 72.54778°W / 42.35639; -72.54778 (Hampshire Mall)
Address 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035
Opening date 1978
Owner The Pyramid Companies
No. of stores and services approximately 55
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 435,000 square feet (40,413 m2)
No. of floors 1
Mall website
Pyramid's page on this mall
The ticket stand at the Cinemark movie theater in the Hampshire Mall
The concession stand next at the Cinemark movie theater in the Hampshire Mall. To the left is the walkway that leads to the theaters.
This Target store was built in 2003 and is part of Hampshire Mall

Hampshire Mall is a primarily one-story shopping mall with a small second floor in Hadley, Massachusetts, United States, with approximately 55 stores owned by The Pyramid Companies. Current anchor stores include Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, JCPenney, and Target. There is a LaserStorm, a Lasertag facility in the mall.[1] The mall is home to a roller skating rink.[2][3]

History[edit]

When the mall opened in 1978 it was anchored by JCPenney, Steiger's and Kmart.

The Steiger's store was demolished in 1994 for Media Play.[4] In 2003 the space was rebuilt and extended to house a Target store. Dicks Sporting goods opened in 2003. Originally the mall contained a six screen movie theater that existed from 1978-1999. This was then expanded to a 12-screen Cinemark movie theater in 2000.[5]

A 45,000 sq ft (4,200 m2). Dick's Sporting Goods store opened in early 2005, replacing a former Eastern Mountain Sports. Best Buy and Steve & Barry's replaced Media Play in early 2005. Steve & Barry's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008 and subsequently closed their Hampshire Mall store in August 2008.

Wal-Mart developers beginning in 2005 wished to build a new 212,000-square-foot (19,700 m2) Supercenter southeast of Hampshire Mall. However there have been various hindrances as a consequence of a bylaw designed to keep out large stores by restricting new stores to 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2). After two years of negotiations, on November 20, 2007, a subdivision plan that exempted the planned Wal-Mart Supercenter from the current bylaw restrictions was approved. Developers have eight-years to get a site plan approved before the exemption expires.[6] This would almost certainly mean the current store, attached to the east end of Mountain Farms Mall, would close.[7]

In February 2009 Buffalo Wild Wings opened a store between Target and Best Buy.[8] The restaurant got into a dispute with the mall because of an alleged faulty roof that led to a build up of condensation on the premises. The Pyramid Corporation did not agree to carry out repairs and as a consequence some amount of the rent was withheld.[9] Whether the restaurant never paid any rent or did pay some rent is disputed.[10] The case is currently in litigation. On July 29, 2010 they announced that they lost their lease as of August 1, 2010.

Platterpus Records closed down its store in March 2010.[11] In June 2010 the store reopened in Easthampton, Massachusetts.[12]

In May 2010, Famous Labels, a national apparel and home goods chain, Cell Ace, a cell phone accessory store, all opened.[13][14][15]

Road access to the mall[edit]

The state of Massachusetts is considering widening Route 9 to two lanes in each direction from Middle Street to the mall area to alleviate perennial traffic jams. This would add to a previous project completed in 2008 that widened Route 9 from the Calvin Coolidge Bridge in Northampton and result in two lanes in each direction from Northampton through Hadley to the Amherst line.[16] This would also enable easier access to Mountain Farms mall and the new Hadley Corner shops.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nance, Scott (1995, June 8). Laser game called high-tech 'hide and seek'. Daily Hampshire Gazette,(1) p. 13. Retrieved December 23, 2007
  2. ^ 91 North Roller Skating Rink Hadley , MA - Hampshire County
  3. ^ Carrol, Sally (2004-02-15). "Nontraditional mall offers enjoyable alternative". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  4. ^ Yurko, Chris (1994, July 27). Hadley getting store: Media Play will use Steiger's space. Daily Hampshire Gazette,(1) p. 1. Retrieved December 23, 2007
  5. ^ Kay J Moran (2000, November 9). New Hadley mall theaters go high-tech. Daily Hampshire Gazette,p. B1. Retrieved December 23, 2007
  6. ^ Hadley planners OK smaller Home Depot BY M. ELIZABETH ROMAN STAFF WRITER, The Hampshire Gazette Originally published on: Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  7. ^ Wal-Mart, Home Depot on Hadley agenda tonight BY M. ELIZABETH ROMAN STAFF WRITER Hampshire Gazette article Originally published on: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  8. ^ Buffalo Wild Wings at Hampshire Mall offers high-energy ambiance BY Ray Kelly, The Republican Originally published on: Friday, May 22, 2009
  9. ^ Merzbach, Scott (2010-08-06). "Dispute spurs Buffalo Wild Wings closure at mall". The Amherst Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  10. ^ Merzbach, Scott (2010-08-03). "Dispute between management, landlord led to Hadley eatery closing". Daily Hampshire Gazette. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  11. ^ "Platterpus Records, after 25 years in Westfield and Hadley, closing doors". The Republican. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  12. ^ Kinney, Jim (2010-06-09). "Dave Witthaus to reopen Platterpus Records in Easthampton". The Republican. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  13. ^ Merzbach, Scott (2010-07-31). "Mall says another restaurant is likely at Buffalo Wild Wings site". Daily Hampshire Gazette. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  14. ^ Dobrowolski, Tony (2010-04-24). "New clothing store opens in mall". North Adams Transcript. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  15. ^ Mall Website - Latest News
  16. ^ Merzbach, Scott (2010-06-24). "State eyes Route 9 widening project near mall". North Adams Transcript. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 

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